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This month's Water Log looks at the green bond market's expansion into the water sector. Cities such as San Francisco and Washington D.C. are using green bonds to secure funding for water infrastructure projects. While green bonds don't necessarily involve green infrastructure, Todd Gartner of the World Resources Institute (WRI) foresees green bonds as a significant source of finance for future projects harnessing nature-based solutions.

Gartner discusses the benefits of a "hybrid" infrastructure approach in a recent interview with the Conservation Finance Network. WRI is in the process of launching a pilot project to demonstrate the green bond finance model for natural infrastructure. Green bond financing is in its early days though it has support within WRI and in US government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture.

June found recognition of natural infrastructure popping up in some unexpected places. There is a bill making its way through California's legislature, for instance, which seeks to label certain watersheds part of the state's water infrastructure, making such activities as forest and stream restoration eligible for state water project funding.

And speaking of water quality results, innovative finance, and nature-based solutions, Washington D.C.'s Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program, which uses green infrastructure to absorb stormwater runoff, checks all three boxes - and people are taking notice. Craig Holland of The Nature Conservancy's NatureVest contemplates a nationwide stormwater mitigation market.

This edition of the Water Log also has coverage of investors' efforts to adapt to greater water risk with digital tools and financial models and new Stanford research revealing China's natural capital accounting actions are paying off significantly.

Meanwhile, a plethora of farmers in the Panama Canal's drainage area have experienced improved livelihoods under an environmental incentives program that promotes sustainable agriculture.

These stories and more are summarized below!

Happy reading, 

From the Editors 

 
   

Latest News

How A Single Tweet Brought A Panamanian Chef And Rainforest Communities Together

Chefs across Latin America are leveraging cuisine as a vehicle for sustainable food production and forest protection. Here, Forest Trends’ Will Tucker explores how this thinking influenced a chef working in Panama City, taking him on a journey that began with a single tweet and has since led to a program sourcing rainforest ingredients sustainably while empowering communities.

Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.

Opinion: Why The UN Sustainable Development Goals Really Are A Very Big Deal

Carbon project developers have high hopes for the Sustainable Development Goals, which they hope will provide a clear benchmark for the non-carbon “co-benefits” that so many have worked so hard to create. But for the SDGs to catch on, we will need buy-in across all sectors: private, public, and non-governmental. Here is why it should happen.

Keep reading here.

Indigenous Climate Adaptation Tool May Soon Go Mobile

Brazil’s SOMAI Alerta Indígena platform helps indigenous territories plan for climate change, but so far it’s only been available in places with reliable internet. A new mobile app could spread the access and make it more responsive – but only if funding materializes. Thanks to Google, that may be about to happen.

Read more at Ecosystem Marketplace.

Here's the Deal

An Ally in the Fight against Climate Change: Nature

As the Paris Agreement confirmed that ecosystems have a role to play in combating climate change, both the public and private sector are increasingly recognizing the importance of nature based solutions.

Read the whole story here.

Growing Green Bond Market could mean Growing Use of Natural Infrastructure

Todd Gartner, the Manager of the World Resources Institute's Natural Infrastructure for Water project, sees potential for the growing green bond market to fund natural infrastructure projects that help manage water supplies alongside grey development.

The Conservation Finance Network has the interview.

Building Tools and Models to ease Worry over Water Risk

The investment community is responding to investors' growing apprehension over water risk with digital tools and financial models to better understand the myriad economic risks of water.

Keep reading here.

Is the Future full of Stormwater Credit Trading Markets?

Washington D.C.'s first-of-its-kind Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program is spurring ventures and discussions about replication. Supporters say a market for stormwater credits would unleash major private investment in nature based solutions that can greatly help solve the problem of water pollution.

Read more at Environmental Finance

Keep reading about Washington D.C. and District Stormwater LLC at the Conservation Finance Network.

Project Development

Philadelphia aims for Greener Cities and Cleaner Waters with New Initiative

Philadelphia is looking to improve upon its stormwater management program and use of green infrastructure with a new challenge.

Learn more here

Restore Nature, Support Communities, says India's Water Man

The Water Man of India, Rajendra Singh, continues his push for traditional methods that empower communities and restore nature to solve the world water crisis.

Read it at the Times of India.

The Gift that keeps on Giving: Sustainable Land-Use in the Panama Canal Watershed

An environmental incentives program in the Panama Canal watershed that supports and teaches sustainable agricultural practices benefits both farmers and ship travel.  

Miami Herald has the story. 

Policy Watch

California Bill recognizes Natural Infrastructure in a Big Way

A bill currently making its way through the California legislature seeks to incorporate five Sierra Nevada and Cascade watersheds as pieces of water infrastructure. However, some environmental groups say the bill should instead focus on overall ecosystem health.

Get the whole story here.

Natural Capital shows Promise in China

Researchers trace China's recent success implementing environmental reform to natural capital investments.

Keep reading here.

New Research 

Delivering the Data that Canadian Waters needs most

WWF Canada and partners are attempting to complete the first-ever Canada-wide assessment of its freshwater ecosystems.

Huffington Post has the story.

   
   

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